Fletcher Veterans

Welcome to Fletcher!  As a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Navy myself, I am very proud of ALL of our veterans here at this marvelous school of international relations.  I believe that your experience in the armed forces will enhance your studies here, and hopefully contribute to finding just the right fit for you after you graduate.  I am looking forward to meeting you and hope that The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is all that you hope.  See you around the school and thank you for your service,

Admiral James Stavridis, USN, (Ret)
Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Certification Information

Your Eligibility for VA Educational Benefits

At Fletcher, majority of our current VA students are studying by using the Chapter 33: Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit

In order to obtain more information regarding other eligible VA educational benefits to study, such as Chapter 30: Montgomery Bill, please refer the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Using VA Benefit for Your Fletcher Degree Program

New Students

Once your VA benefit application is approved and received Certificate of Eligibility statement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you need to take the following steps in order to be certified to use your benefit for the first time at Fletcher:

 

1. Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Fletcher School’s VA Certifying officer, Reiko Morris (office location: Registrar’s Office at 212 Goddard, Email: reiko.morris@tufts.edu) via email or in-person.  As new VA student’s benefit certification can be done from 60 days prior to your first academic term start date, you are strongly recommended to contact Reiko Morris as soon as you received Certificate of Eligibility.

2. The Fletcher certifying officer will evaluate and verify your VA benefit details, and certify your tuition, fees and other educational benefit (i.e.: Yellow Ribbon) through VA ONCE database. 

3. Provisional credit information of your VA benefit will be sent to the Tufts University Bursar’s Office based on your Certificate of Eligibility information.  The amount of expected VA benefit will be reflected in your University account as “Pending Credit.”

4. After receiving certifying information, the VA transfers your educational benefit directly to your Tufts University financial account. 

Special Note for New VA Students

• If needed, seek other financial aid (i.e. FAFSA) in order to cover rest of your bill
• Understand your eligible VA benefit (i.e.: duration, eligible percentage)
• Understand your Fletcher program tuition and fees
• Know your responsibility for rest of the bill

Continuing Students

1. Prior to the new semester start date, at least by 2 weeks before, provide a copy of your most recent Award Letter (note: this is not currently practiced, but I would like to suggest it as our new policy – your opinions will be most welcome!) to the Fletcher School’s VA Certifying officer, Reiko Morris (office location: Registrar’s Office at 212 Goddard, Email: reiko.morris@tufts.edu) via email or in-person. 

2. Based on your Award Letter information as well as your VA benefit eligibility, Reiko Morris certifies your tuition, fees and other educational benefit (i.e.: Yellow Ribbon) through VA ONCE database. 

3. Provisional credit information of your VA benefit will be sent to the Tufts University Bursar’s Office based on your Certificate of Eligibility information.  The amount of expected VA benefit will be reflected in your University account as “Pending Credit.”

4. After receiving certifying information, the VA transfers your educational benefit directly to your Tufts University financial account.  Your Post 9.11 GI Bill and Montgomery Bill benefit will be listed as “VA BENEFIT” in your Bursar’s account record.  If you are Yellow Ribbon eligible student, your Fletcher Yellow Ribbon scholarship will be listed as “FLETCHER YELLOW RIBBON” and the VA matching amount will be listed as “VA BENEFIT.” 

FY 2013-2014* (8/1/2013 – 7/31/2014): Maximum Amount of VA Educational Benefit** 

Post-Graduate Degree Students at Private Institution:  $19,198.31 per Academic Year
*The VA’s fiscal year starts on August 1st and ends on July 31st in the next year.
**Tuition and fee caps for the coming fiscal year will be announced by the VA in every Spring (For FY2013-2014, the announcement was made on March 18, 2013.)

Yellow Ribbon Program

Only Veterans who qualify for 100% of the Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit (Chapter 33) are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.  The current Yellow Ribbon scholarship award at Tufts University/Fletcher School is $5,000 annually.  The VA office matches to the Tufts/Fletcher Yellow Ribbon scholarship amount, and sends the benefit directly to your Tufts Bursar’s account after your Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit is certified.  The award will be paid in semester-bases.

Useful Links

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Regional Processing Offices

U.S. Department of Education:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid

Tufts University Financial Services

 

Medical Benefits

Useful links

New England area healthcare system

10-10EZ, the online application for health benefits

Services and programs available to veterans residing in Massachusetts

Other benefits offered by the state of Massachusetts

VA medical centers in Massachusetts

VA hospitals abroad

For questions regarding health benefits, please contact:

  • Steven Shepard, OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate, Department of Veterans Affairs, 617-894-7684, steven.shepard@va.gov
  • Susan Keating, Insurance Coordinator, Tufts Health Services, 617-627-3349, susan.keating@tufts.edu
  • GI Bill Hotline:  888-GIBILL-1 (Within the U.S.) OR 001-716-857-3196 (Outside the U.S.)





Fletcher Student Life
Contact a Fletcher Vet

Pat Devane

Pat Devane, originally from Wheaton, Illinois, is a MALD student at Fletcher, studying International Security Studies and International Political Economy.  He arrived at Fletcher after six years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, serving on two ships stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, and on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon.  Pat likes to cook, run, and travel with his wife when he can scrape together some spare time.

 


Chuck Dokmo

Chuck Dokmo is a second-year MALD student studying human security and humanitarian studies and has researched how to apply ecosystem-based and market-based development approaches to post-conflict countries.  Before attending Fletcher, Chuck spent 8 years in the Air Force as a navigator on specialized cargo aircraft.  He enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and spending time with family, friends and his church community.

 

Ned Breen

Ned Breen is currently a GMAP student pursuing his academic interests in International Relations & Business.  He has been an active duty Naval Officer for eight years and currently serves as an Instructor Pilot with the VT-22 Golden Eagles in Kingsville, TX, instructing Student Naval Aviators in the T-45C Goshawk.  Previously, he was a member of VFA-34 the “Blue Blasters” flying F/A-18C Hornets.  In his spare time, Ned enjoys traveling, sailing, and kayaking. He is also an amateur musician.

 


Katlyn Shagory


Katlyn was an active duty army intelligence officer with three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She left active duty and transitioned to the reserves to attend Fletcher. She is studying Security Studies and Southwest Asia and in her free time enjoys jogging, cooking, and reading.